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SEC Hoops Power Poll Ballot: Week Two

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1. Florida Gators

The Gators weren't challenged in the first week of conference play, winning over UGA and LSU by wide margins. This week's game at TAMU will be telling. Currently top-ranked by Pomeroy, BTW, although it's hard for me to see this as being a better team than Louisville, Indiana, or Duke.

2. Ole Miss Rebels

This team has a couple of ugly OOC losses, but it's been hot since the last one of those, and it just netted a very impressive beatdown over Mizzou. I was doubtful last week, but I'll give this team some credence this time around. Solidly balanced with Marshall Henderson on the outside and Murphy Holloway inside.

3. Missouri Tigers

The Tigers clearly missed Laurence Bowers in an anemic offensive performance against Ole Miss. They also continue to struggle away from home. Still, should be in the mix once Bowers returns. Not having him versus UGA this week shouldn't make much of a difference.

4. Texas A&M Aggies

Excellent win in Rupp has the Aggies looking like the class of the West. Could establish themselves nationally against Florida this week.

5. Kentucky Wildcats

After seeming to be coming to form late in OOC play, Kentucky struggled versus hapless Vandy and then fell fairly convincingly in Rupp against TAMU. That was, by the way, Calipari's first home conference loss at UK. This talented team seems stuck in neutral this year.

6. Arkansas Razorbacks

Finally played a little defense against hapless Vandy. Seems to be a solid drop-off between UK and Ark.

7. Alabama Crimson Tide

I still don't know what to make of this team, which has some good players but an ugly record. Hopefully, the win over UT will get it moving in the right direction.

8. Auburn Tigers

Nice opening to conference play for Barbee's squad, which has an experienced, balanced lineup. Still no real quality wins, though, so I'm not ready to bolt them into the top half of the league.

9. Tennessee Volunteers

Tough start to conference play, but their roster and OOC resume suggests they're better than the teams below them.

10. Mississippi St. Bulldogs

Surprising 2-0 start to conference play, but it came against some of the league's worst teams.

11. LSU Tigers

Like Tennessee, tough start to conference play, but the overall resume suggests they're not the worst team in the league.

12. South Carolina Gamecocks

The Gamecocks were very competitive in losses to Mississippi St. and Auburn, but they need to learn to finish.

13. Vanderbilt Commodores

Looked decent against Kentucky, but awful against Arkansas, nearly setting a school record for fewest points in the latter.

14. Georgia Bulldogs

Got blown out at home by Mississippi St. Beginning to look like that one good year for Mark Fox was fool's gold for the Dawgs.